Danish region pauses Covid-19 vaccination for new groups after supply delay

Danish region pauses Covid-19 vaccination for new groups after supply delay
A Covid-19 vaccination centre in northern city Aalborg. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
Although Denmark is close to completing Covid-19 vaccination of its highest-priority group, others will wait longer than expected after a supply delay was confirmed by manufacturer Pfizer.

Although Denmark is close to completing Covid-19 vaccination of its highest-priority group, others will wait longer than expected after a supply delay was confirmed by manufacturer Pfizer.

The second round of coronavirus vaccinations is to begin at care homes across Denmark on Monday. The group is the highest priority to receive vaccination against the virus. Denmark began its vaccination programme on December 27th.

All regions across the country expect to have offered all second doses to care home residents by the end of this week, according to Danish media reports.

However, other groups will now wait longer to be vaccinated, after pharm company Pfizer last week confirmed a temporary slowdown in supply to Denmark and other European countries.

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The North Jutland health authority said on Monday it would receive half as many doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week as previously expected.

The region will therefore pause a rollout of vaccination for new groups, it said in a press statement. The rollout will be resumed once there is clarity over future deliveries.

“This means that remaining vaccines in Region North Jutland are, until further notice, reserved for the members of public and staff who are to have their second dose and thereby complete vaccination,” the statement read.

Pfizer announced on Friday that it would supply fewer doses of the vaccine than originally expected this week due to work to upgrade its factory in Puurs, Belgium.

The company has since confirmed it will resume expected delivery volume from January 25th.

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